March 11, 2020
News of the Parish
Music Notes  
No Visiting Choir This Sunday
Out of an abundance of caution amid fears surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the administration of Franklin and Marshall College has cancelled all college trips. This means that, unfortunately, we will not be joined by their choir at our services on Sunday. We look forward to an opportunity to host them in the future.
Ben Sheen in Concert
We are thrilled and proud to welcome Benjamin Sheen back to St. John's for an organ 
concert on Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m.. There will be a reception following in the Parish Hall. The concert is free, with an offering requested.

Hailed as a "brilliant organist" by the New York Times, Benjamin Sheen was named the winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize at the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, and the second prize winner and Jon Laukvik Prize winner of the 50th St. Albans International Organ Competition, both in 2013. Learn more at and plan to join us for this tremendous musical event!
Summer 2020 Service Schedule
The Rector, with unanimous approval from the staff and Vestry, has made the decision to go to a summer schedule of two Sunday services: 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. This will be in effect from Memorial Day weekend (May 24) through Rally Day (September 13), 2020.

The 10:00 a.m. service will be Rite II, and it will take the place of the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services. There will be two Rite I Choral Eucharists at 10:00 a.m., one on June 7, Trinity Sunday, and one on August 16.

Holy Hospitality will take place following the 10:00 a.m. services. Sunday School for children will take place in the Parish Hall during the 10:00 a.m. services.

The choir will be on their annual vacation from July 5 through August 2, returning to sing at services beginning August 9.

Adult Christian Formation will take place in the Lowry Room before the 10:00 a.m. services, beginning at 8:45 a.m. There will be no meetings during the month of August for this group.

Mark your calendars!
Lenten Quiet Day  
The Contemporary Women's Bible Study (CWBS) group invites everyone at St John's to join them for a Lenten Quiet Day this Saturday, March 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the church.  Our time together will include prayer, meditation and quiet reflection on readings from Holy Scripture.  A light lunch will be provided.  If you would like to attend, contact Deacon Kathleen Moore at or 785.9400.
Fellowship and Events
60th Annual Ann Zack Interfaith Gathering on March 25
The Sisterhood of Congregation Rodeph Sholom has invited St John's to join them for the 60th Annual Ann Zack Interfaith Gathering on Wednesday, March 25, at 11:00 a.m. This is always a joyful event. This year's theme is A Celebration of Religious Traditions, and St John's will present part of the program.  A complimentary lunch follows the program. RSVP before March 16 to 813.837.1911. If you would like to help with the program, contact Deacon Kathleen at 785-9400 or
The St. John's Book Club
The St. John's Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 17, at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Room. Polly Woodard will lead the discussion of Educated by Tara Westover. Everyone is invited to attend.

They are planning next year's book schedule, so suggestions for future readings should be forwarded to Helen Gilbart at with brief descriptions of each so they can be ranked by the members.

Meetings are scheduled for third Tuesdays of every month, with breaks for the summer months (June, July, August) and December.
Faithful Friends Group Meeting
Faithful Friends is sponsoring a special program this Sunday, March 15, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. just after the 11:15 a.m. worship service in the Lowry Room.  A light lunch will be provided, along with a talk entitled "Support Groups:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" which will be given by parishioner Harry Hedges. If you or someone near to you has experienced the loss of a loved one and could benefit from fellowship and good information, please come.
Action Items and Opportunities
Just Two Dates Left: Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed
We are in need of hosts for our outreach project for Faith Cafe, Sandwich Sunday. If you would like to host this year, help is needed on a few more dates: June 21 and December 20. Hosting includes shopping for supplies, coordinating sack lunch preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Café. Costs are reimbursed by the parish. Email Cindy Martin at to help!
Children and Youth
Children's Ministry and Sunday School Notes
VBS 2020 Registration Open, Volunteer Training Soon
Participant and volunteer registration for St John's 2020 Vacation Bible School, to take place June 15 through 19 at St John's Middle Division campus, is now open! Click here to go there.

St John's VBS is open to potty trained 3 year olds up to current 4th graders, and the
cost is $40 per child. If your child is in 5th grade or older, we'd love to have them volunteer! This year's theme is Rocky Railway--a mountain adventure! At Rocky Railway, kids will discover that Jesus' power can pull them through life's ups and downs. Rocky Railway is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life.

There will be a local training session for  Rocky Railway where volunteers can experience parts of a VBS day, make decorations, sing the songs, and get ideas from other churches. The Tampa training will be Saturday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Belmont Baptist Church, 7830 N 56th Street.  More info on the VBS Funshop training is available here.  

Please let Ayana know by this Friday, March 13, if you are willing/available to come to the March 21 VBS Training!  We ask that every parent sending a child to VBS volunteer in some capacity, whether daily at VBS, with set-up/preparation, or in our cleanup. Please look over the volunteer roles, and sign up!
Save the Date for Egg Painting
Save the date! Our annual St John's Easter Egg Painting Party will be on Saturday, April 4 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This event is open to all ages, and we ask that you please bring two dozen filled eggs per family for us to use at the following week's Easter Egg Hunt!
Sunday School Snacks
Parents! Can you provide a week of Sunday School snacks? We ask that you provide 30 to 40 allergy-friendly individually wrapped snacks for the group. You can sign up here to help.
EYC News
Dinner Desperately Desired!
Dinners needed! You can volunteer by signing up here Please bring enough for 15 to 20 people, with a veggie option. 
EYC Movie Night: Date Change
On Sunday, March 22, St John's EYC will have a special Movie Night at the theater to see the movie I Still Believe! The movie tells the true story of Christian musician Jeremy Camp and his wife, and it stars Riverdale's KJ Apa and Britt Robertson! Click here for the movie's trailer.
EYC: No Meeting This Sunday
St John's EYC will not meet this Sunday, March 15 because of Spring Break but we'll be back Sunday, March 22, for our movie night, which will take the place of our regular meeting.
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's Birthdays

March 12, Charles Hancock, Anna Peyton Malizia, Anne Kelley, Oliver Roberts, Esther Santiago

March 13, David Martin, Andrew Jennewein, Elizabeth Jennewein

March 14, Jackie Preis, Hazel Cox, Michael Dangl, Martin McKinney

March 15, Cindy Hadlow, Bill Carson, Jack Williams, Kendal Kelly 

March 16, Mac Scarritt

March 17, Thad Bereday, Maggie Wiegand, Paige Shoukry

March 18, Absley Pekkala, Francie Brooks, Mark Johnson, Aria Hutkowski
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

It depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham.

Romans 4
Hospital Visitation
We want to provide support during your time of need. However, because health regulations prohibit the clergy from being informed when our parishioners are in the hospital, we will not know if you or someone you love is there unless you tell us. We want to provide support in any time of need or crisis. Please call the parish offices at 259.1570 or  click here to email us to let us know when you need us. 

If you have a pastoral emergency when the parish offices are closed, please call 906.5199. 
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, March 12
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing and Anointing, 10:00 a.m., Chapel

Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch, 11:45 a.m., Lowry Room
The Men's Thursday Bible study meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. The group comes together weekly for fellowship and to study the readings for the coming Sunday.  Feel free to bring your lunch.  

Stations of the Cross, 5:00 p.m., Church

Thursdays in Lent, 6:00 p.m., Parish Hall
The Ash Wednesday liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer includes an invitation to observe a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. Over five Thursdays in Lent, St John's clergy team will lead a series of prayer and study sessions focusing on responses to the invitation. Fr. Goodheart will lead the series on March 12, Fr. Cannon on March 19, Fr. Reho on March 26, and Deacon Moore on April 2.  Each week, we will begin with the beautiful liturgy of the Stations of the Cross in the church at 5:00 p.m., followed by a program in the Parish Hall from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Deacon Moore at 785.9400 or
Saturday, March 14
Lenten Quiet Day, 10:00 am. to 2:00 p.m., Church
Sunday, March 15

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m.
Sunday School for Children, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall

Holy Hospitality Coffee Hour, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall   

Sandwich Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Sunday is our monthly Sandwich Sunday. Please join us in the Parish Hall after the 9:15 a.m. service to make bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Café. Thanks to our hosts for this month, Trish and John McKay!
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation Group continues its Lenten study: Signs of Life: Why Church Matters.   The group will meet on Sundays March 15, March 22, March 29, and April 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  All are welcome. For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Youth Confirmation Class, 10:30 a.m., Discovery House 

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m.

Faithful Friends, 12:30 p.m., Lowry Room
No Enquirers Class Today
No EYC Today
Tuesday, March 17
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Lowry Room
CWBS meets on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Lowry Room.   All women are welcome.  The group is studying the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Join them for coffee, a light breakfast, and stimulating discussion. For information,  contact Deacon Kathleen at  or 785.9400.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study, 10:00 a.m., Lowry Room
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study will continue their study of the Apostle Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians using Tom Wright's Paul for Everyone, 1 Corinthians
as a study guide. On March 17, Sharon Stoll will guide their study of 1 Corinthians 10:1 - 11:34, "Everything to God's Glory."
The group invites all interested women to join them on alternate Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Lowry Room. The lesson will begin at 10:15 and conclude at 11:15 a.m.  For more information, please contact Pat Wilson at or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at
The St. John's Book Club, 4:00 p.m., Lowry Room
Wednesday, March 18
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday Nights in St. John's, 6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
The Wednesday Nights Group meets each week at 6:30 p.m. for a shared covered dish supper followed by fellowship, a video, and discussion of our faith.   Contact Paul and Winkie Game with questions at On March 18, the group will begin a four-session DVD presentation by Andy Stanley entitled Taking Responsibility for Your Life: Because Nobody Else Will .
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